CNN's "The Next List" Features Open Blue

BIGfish client Open Blue, founders of the largest open-ocean fish farm in the world, was featured on CNN’s The Next List on September 9. Watch the full episode here!

Check out this blog post for more great content from Open Blue founder Brian O’Hanlon and the folks at CNN.

BIGfish Team Bonding: Pizza & Beer

Last night, the BIGfish team enjoyed a post-work event that virtually anyone would love to attend: Pizza & Beer Pairings from Sam Adams and Bertucci’s. Yum, yum, and more yum! Just another day in the life of a BIGfish team member.
So, which pairings did we like the most? Here’s a list of the five pairings, ranked by yours truly.

  1. Spicy Salami Pizza paired with Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA
  2. Butternut Squash & Blue Cheese Pizza paired with Sam Adams Irish Red
  3. Roasted Mushroom & Asiago Pizza paired with Sam Adams Cream Stout
  4. Potato & Bacon Pizza paired with Sam Adams Boston Ale
  5. Pepperoni Pizza paired with Sam Adams Boston Lager

Hungry yet? Check out our photos from the event!

Pepperoni Pizza paired with Sam Adams Boston Lager

Cassie & Meredith enjoying some Sam Adams

Inside the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery

The team having fun with the Social PIX photobooth

Visit Bertucci’s Facebook page to learn more and see more pictures from the event!

Beaver Country Day School: The Quest to Present at SXSWedu

Today’s blog post is dedicated to one of BIGfish’s newest clients: Beaver Country Day School. Beaver, Chestnut Hill’s independent school for grades 6-12, is at the forefront of education on the local and national levels thanks to its innovative approach to learning. Thus, it made perfect sense for the school to apply to present at SXSWedu 2013; now it just needs to be selected. The prestigious three-day conference in Austin, Texas features compelling presentations from educators nationwide who are committed to engaging learners with 21st century tools and content. Honing in on qualities that set Beaver apart from other schools—namely, the school’s commitment to teaching with technology and preparing its students to be global citizens—Beaver has submitted two proposals to present at SXSWedu.

Votes from the general public are a large factor in determining programming at SXSWedu 2013, meaning Beaver could use some help in order to be selected. From now through October 5, anyone can vote for specific proposals via the SXSW PanelPicker. Simply log-in, read the proposals (if you’re interested), and give them a thumbs up! Beaver’s two proposals are “Design Thinking: Groundbreaking Pedagogy or Logic?” and “Engage in History: Social Media Tearing Down Walls.” Beaver Country Day School and BIGfish appreciate your support in Beaver’s quest to present at SXSWedu. We’ll keep you posted when SXSW makes their decisions!

Green Listening: Are Plastic CDs More Environmentally Friendly than Streaming?

Streaming and downloading music via the Internet has become the norm these days. With websites like Pandora, apps like Spotify, and the ever-dominant iTunes, most people no longer feel a need to visit a local record store to get a new album.
In fact, the Wall Street Journal named the record store industry one of the top 10 dying industries in 2011. Record store sales dropped by 77.4% from 2000-2010, and are projected to drop by another 39.7% by 2016. After all, physical CDs have become more or less unnecessary—if you want to listen to a song, all you have to do is visit YouTube, and voila! Instant gratification.

Infographic: Digital Music Revolution 

So what does all this mean in terms of the environment? Shouldn’t streaming and downloading music online lead to a smaller carbon footprint when compared to manufacturing and selling plastic CDs? A recent report from MusicTank says otherwise.
“Streaming or downloading 12 tracks, without compression, just 27 times by one user would, in energy terms, equate to the production and shipping of one physical 12-track CD album,” writes report author Dagfinn Bach.
What this essentially means is that streaming or downloading an album online is actually worse for the environment than buying the plastic CD version. Though surprising at first, the idea does seem plausible. Buy a CD one time, and you can listen to it infinitely without using any extra energy. But once you’ve streamed or downloaded that 12-track album 27 times, you will have used the same amount of energy as if you’d bought the plastic version.
According to PaidContent, MusicTank has scheduled an upcoming conference about streaming-music energy consumption, indicating there is some concern surrounding the issue. Hopefully, music services will discover a way to make streaming and downloading music more environmentally friendly in the near future.

Boston Herald features Wrapsol

BIGfish client Wrapsol, the Canton-based manufacturer of screen protectors for mobile devices, was featured in today’s Boston Herald. Reporter Jessica Van Sack visited the company’s headquarters to discover how Wrapsol prepares for new product launches, as Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone sometime today. Wrapsol gets more than half of its business from iPhones. To read the entire article, click the photo above or click here.

What Happens to Our Digital Content When We Die?

BIGfish President David Gerzof Richard recently appeared on Fox 25 to discuss our rights to the music we download on iTunes. The topic came up after the Daily Mail reported that Bruce Willis was planning to sue Apple in order to pass on his iTunes collection to his children when he dies. Though the story ended up being false, it left us wondering–what happens to our digital content when we die? If we can’t legally pass our music on to others, where does it end up when we’re no longer around to enjoy it?
Though the thought is a bit morbid, it’s an interesting topic to consider. An article from NBC News’ Rock Center explored the issue in depth this past June, outlining the difficulties families face when dealing with death and simultaneously attempting to sort out the legal concerns of the digital assets belonging to the deceased.  According to the article, only five states currently have estate laws that include digital assets: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Indiana and Idaho. Adding to the confusion, what exactly qualifies as a “digital asset” varies amongst them; sometimes it refers to only email, while in other cases it refers to social networking and blogging as well. Overall, it’s still unclear who can claim ownership over digital assets when a person dies.

Social media profiles are a little easier to sort out. Deceased Account is a website dedicated to making it “easy for families to manage the accounts of their deceased loved ones.” The site lists information from various websites such as Facebook, Gmail, and PayPal on what options they offer for deceased users. Many sites provide information on how to close the account; Facebook offers a “Memorial Status” option.
Still, the question of what happens to your digital music library remains. Check out this GigaOM article that lists three ways to deal with digital content after you die. But most importantly, remember to enjoy your iTunes library, e-books, and whatever else floats your boat while you’re still around!

CNN to Feature Open Blue on The Next List


BIGfish client Open Blue, pioneers of raising fish far out at sea, will be featured on CNN’s The Next List this Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m. EST. The BIGfish team traveled to Panama with Dr. Sanjay Gupta this past June to visit Open Blue’s open ocean sea farms and film the special. Make sure to set your DVRs or tune in this Sunday at 2 p.m. to catch the 30 minute episode! To learn more, click the photo above or click here.
UPDATE 9/7/12: CNN just published a guest post from Open Blue founder Brian O’Hanlon. “The logical place to farm marine life is in our seas, far from shore, in vast open ocean environments where water is pure and there are no sensitive ecosystems. I see the open ocean just like U.S. pioneers of old saw the fertile plains of the Midwest; only I see blue, not green, with rolling swells, not hills; using boats, not tractors; and wetsuits, not overalls,” he says. Read the full post here!
UPDATE 9/10/12: CNN has posted clips from the episode on The Next List blog. If you missed it, check out a recap here!